Bob Harris – fit again and raring to go

Chris Jolly… Terrific news Bob! You’re Simply The Best!

Jacquie Hinves… Wonderful news.Xx

Michael Coller… Welcome back Bob

Tony Davis… Great news Bob

Andy Qunta… Excellent!

Martyn Baker… Lovely bloke! So glad he is OK. We have spent many afternoons giggling about the absurdities of the music biz.

Graham Belchamber… Bob. Welcome back.

Paul Richardson… Fantastic News! Welcome back Bob…Good to have you on the air again.

Ernest Ballard… We love a happy ending Bob. This is such fantastic news

Alan Parker… Great news, glad you are feeling better, have missed yougreat news , glad you are feeling better Bob. Looking forward to listening in again

Who remembers Tony Kane/Simon Davies?

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David Kent… Remember Andy, Simon and family very well. Sorry to hear Simon no longer with us. Hi Andy.

Kevin Burchett… Simon was a very good friend of Derek Reade the owner of Scalliwags it was Simon who worked for EMI at the time gave Derek the Scalliwags song it was a demo. he connection to EMI and Simon Davies is in the video

Alan Esdaile… Happy memories of Simon. Remember him waving his plastic legs and all manner of things at his discos! Also listening to tapes at the recording studio in Denmark Street and taking me to a live Top Of The Pops show. He seemed to have access all areas and we were waved through the gates, while the fans waited outside. Sitting in the board room at EMI and would play me the latest recordings and ask my opinion. Used to see him a lot when I was working in London. When I opened the shop and struggling, he got me to make badges for The Eddie Grundy Fan Club and others. I think it was him that got The Breathers record deal? Very much missed.

Mick O’Dowd… A really nice guy and got on well with him. Gave him a few tips along the ways and he helped me as well Sad to hear of his passing. As they say the good always die young. R.I.P. Simon/Tony.

Andy Davies… Lovely to meet you Alan and Mick, couldn’t believe it’s over forty years since I met you guys. i think Simon would be delighted to know we’ve met and people remember him, and people that helped him along the way and knew him back then. I’ve got a few records that he was involved with, I’ll try and find them and bring them along another time. Incidentally I found I do have an original copy of Time Machine by Factory on the Oak label. Hi to David and Kevin too.

Andy Qunta… I remember him well as Tony Kane, the DJ at many of Factory’s early gigs. Lovely fella! Great to have met his brother Andy at the SMART meeting last week!

Tony Court-holmes… I think i went to school with me

Glenn Piper… Did you really? You went to school with yourself, nice one

Tramps Disco-Tek Club Opening Night with Bob Stewart Radio Luxembourg 11th June 1976

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go go dancer Mandy from Brighton at the gig

Alan Esdaile… Don’t look!

Martin Richter…  I nearly didn’t

Andre Martin… Bob Stewart Born on 3rd July 1939 in Liverpool Bob did his national service in the army and then worked in various local clubs after becoming a DJ at the suggestion of Pete Best, the original Beatles drummer. He joined Radio Caroline in 1965, spending one month on the South ship before transferring to the North. He was advised that his Liverpool accent might alienate listeners so he developed the very authentic sounding mid-Atlantic accent we now know and love. “Baby Bob,” as he was known, presented the noon-3pm show. His catch-phrase was: “This is your Bobby baby who loves you so crazy” and his theme tune was Image by Alan Haven. Bob stayed with Caroline North until about six weeks before the introduction of the Marine Offences Act in August 1967. He joined Radio Luxembourg and was there for eighteen years. In 1987 he moved to Dallas, Texas, for a time but returned to Europe and was heard again on Luxembourg as well as Jazz-FM, Red Rose Preston, Capital Gold.

Alan Esdaile… When working with Bob Stewart , I can remember doing a gig with him at Gravesend Woodville Civic Hall. We started the show with some smoke bombs and the guy in charge of the theatre came rushing down with fire extinguishers and for a second I thought he was going to spray  foam all over the disco gear. He gave us a good shouting and in future please write and apply in advance if you wish to use smoke and explosions on stage.

Conan Howard… Oh my goodness , back in the days when girls were beautiful and did not look like they had escaped from a farm or been washed up on the sea Shore

 

Stuart Henry Disc Jockey – Aquarius 11th May 1974

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Joe Knight… Use to go on stage with Steve Maxted, back in 68 at Catford London crazy but a great bloke.

Alan Esdaile… Just notice Titanic are a forthcoming attraction. A long forgotten track that I remember playing to death in Bonitas was the hit ‘Sultana’.

Tony Davis… I was listening to the Titanic track the other day and remember that I gave that a bit of a thrashing too at both the Astral and the Crypt.

Dave Lee Travis – Hastings Pier 2nd February 1979

Martin Richter… froggy!

Joe Knight… Met him twice once at King & Queens pub Mottingham London Dj-ing. Other time at Centre Pod dragster racing (should never have lost his job )

Dave Coleman…  Dlt =twat

Jim Hobbs… Compared with today’s radio presenters he is a god.

Tim Moose Bruce… Hairy cornflake

Pete Fisher… parallel to DJing on Caroline, he also co-presented Germany’s Beat Club (the equivalent of Ready Steady Go!)…this must have been one of the best assignments

Alan Esdaile… He was always one of the most popular radio dj’s we booked out for road shows.

Johnny Francis Disc Jockey

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supplied by Kevin Burchett Scalliwags Facebook page.

Johnny Francis will be the disc jockey for the Scalliwags reunions

Alan Esdaile… Who remembers Johnny Francis? Great memories of The Crypt.

Mick O’Dowd… Johhny Remember Me.We know a song about that don’t we children

Martin Stringer… I remember Johnny Francis. Good to know he’s doing OK. Stringer.

Mark Edir… Ehh upp

 

 

 

Hastings Records Shops by Tony May for Hastings Town Magazine

As regular readers will know, I have a very soft spot for all things musical and have written a number of articles for H.T. about local record shops and characters associated with them.

Well, I’m delighted to inform you this month that a new website called ‘The British Record Shop Archive’ has been set up by another such enthusiast, Leon Parker.

The aim of the website is not just to record for posterity the name of every record shop to ever open its doors in the U.K. but to also make sure that the social interaction, culture and day-to-day way of life that was buying a physical music product from a real person over a counter is documented and remembered.

Having been in more record shops than Sir Richard Branson over the years I have been having a whale of a time contributing photos, memories and memorabilia to the site and you will be glad to know, have personally made sure that Jack & Sonia London’s ‘The Record Shop’ webpage has been royally decked out and the part they played here in Hastings for 44 years properly recorded.

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In fact, Hastings Town has played quite a large part in helping me to see that Hastings record outlets are not forgotten. As well as my article on Jack London, I have contributed my article ‘Remembering Alan Jensen’ about the man we knew and loved as ‘Big Al’ of The Disc Jockey and submitted the photos our sadly missed friend, Ron Fellows, sent me of Stylus Records.

Being a true ‘anorak’ I also sent in photos of a few old local record shop bags I found stored away in the loft as well.

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Its sobering to think now that at the height of the popularity of vinyl records in the 1980’s there used to be thousands of independent record shops in the U.K. In 2009 that figure had dropped to just 269 (according to The Independent newspaper).

Read moreHastings Records Shops by Tony May for Hastings Town Magazine

Congratulations to Clive Garrard on 35 years of Hospital Radio – June 1982 – June 2017

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Clive Garrard… 35 Years of Hospital radio (June 1982 – June 2017).Certificate presentation by Alex Lester at The Conquest Hospital, the dark Lord and a jolly good sort. Other photos Hospital radio Tunbridge Wells March 1989 and 1982 Tunbridge Wells, Elizabethan Barn.

Catch Clive on his Radio Caroline Flashback shows on a Saturday between 6.00pm & 8.00pm http://carolineflashback.co.uk/#home.html and his Conquest Hospital Radio shows which is now available over the internet http://www.conquesthospitalradio.co.uk on a Monday night 7.00pm – 9.00pm

Alan Esdaile… Keep up the good work Clive.

Robert Searle… Clive, I like your style,nice to listen to.

Pete Prescott… well done ! Great achievement !

Sarah Harvey… Two handsome chaps I must say